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2015 5-Year Cost to Own Awards: Best Minivan/Van

2015 Mazda MAZDA5

Best Minivan/Van:
2015 Mazda MAZDA5

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While the 2015 Mazda Mazda5 minivan doesn't offer many of the features of bigger vans, it's significantly less expensive, and its small size means it will easily slip into parking spots that bigger vans will have to pass by. That said, it is its low price of entry that primarily contributes to the Mazda5's status as the lowest cost-to-own van on our list.

Small size isn't just a characteristic of the Mazda5, it defines it. The Mazda5 has an either-or philosophy to carrying people and cargo: you can maximize its 6-passenger capacity, or you can fold down the rear seats for extra cargo room, but there's very little storage space behind the third row if you decide to accommodate six people.

The 4-cylinder engine and 5-speed automatic transmission do a decent job getting the little van moving, although it's handily outmuscled by larger vans with V6 engines, and fuel economy isn't quite as good as you might hope for. Regardless, the Mazda5 is genuinely fun to drive, boasting all the zippy personality we associate with Mazda's other vehicles.

Despite its excellent cost-to-own score and other characteristics, the Mazda5 minivan has struggled to find a consistent audience in the U.S., and this will be its last year in this market. That's too bad, as we think it's the perfect alternative for a lot of people who will likely wind up in a compact sport utility or some other vehicle that doesn't have the versatility of this little van. Our advice: get it while you can.

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5-Year Cost to Own:

$38,623
as of December 31, 2014

2nd Place Finisher
2015 Dodge Grand Caravan Passenger

2015 Dodge Grand Caravan Passenger

The Dodge Grand Caravan's low starting price is a primary factor in its second-place cost-to-own showing.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$43,563
as of December 31, 2014

3rd Place Finisher
2015 Toyota Sienna

2015 Toyota Sienna

Refreshed this year with a revised exterior, new interior, and plenty of new features, the Toyota Sienna's low cost-to-own is just another feather in its cap.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$45,286
as of December 31, 2014

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